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What the revised quarantine guidelines mean for Ozark
Yesterday, the Governor’s announcement changing the school quarantine guidelines has left some elated, some concerned, and some confused. Each person has their own experience and opinions with COVID-19. We respect those.
My take-away from this announcement is that masking works! This is wonderful news. It gives us an opportunity to refocus our masking efforts, which we will absolutely do.
This school year we have quarantined 2,020 students. Out of this number, 923 students (166 pre-k/elementary and 757 OMS/OJH/OHS/FRS) were due to a high level of exposure at school. A high level of exposure occurs when there has been a close contact (less than 6 ft.) with a positive individual for more than 15 minutes. Until yesterday’s announcement, this has taken place regardless of masking.
We have sent students home who are not getting sick, which puts more strain on working families.
Here’s what I see when this happens:
Students suffer academically, mentally and socially
Students feel like they are being punished
Students still get together in groups while on quarantine risking further spread
Some students do not have enough food to eat at home
Teachers are challenged to simultaneously teach virtually and in-person
Teachers are working extremely hard to keep students engaged and caught up with their in-person classmates
These new guidelines allowed us to bring back 94 of the 249 students on quarantine due to a high level of exposure at school. We are not changing our masking guidelines and as I said earlier, we will refocus those efforts. We will continue to investigate each situation, quarantine students/staff in situations where masks are not worn properly, and notify families of low-risk exposures.
The change in the guidelines will primarily affect our students in middle school through high school. This is, by far, where we are sending the most students home. Our elementary schools have different challenges such as wearing masks properly or larger groups eating and playing together.
I appreciate our staff, students, and our community for trusting us as we navigate this school year. I see the toll this pandemic has taken on our staff and students this school year. Remember to wear your mask properly and stay home/keep your child home when they are not feeling well. We believe the safest environment is at school and the best way for students to learn is in-person.
Chris Bauman, Superintendent
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